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From VIP Theme Park Magic to Presidential Suites:
10 Ways to Experience Luxury in Orlando
WhileOrlando is friendly to any budget or taste, high-end experiences offer anexclusive, unforgettable way to see the destination. The VIP treatment rangesfrom lavish five-star hotels and extravagant chef's tables, to private behind-the-scenes,no-lines tours at most theme parks in Orlando, the ThemePark Capital of the WorldSM.Here are some of the top luxury experiences not to be missed:
1. Disney's"Enchanting Extras"
Whether visitors are celebratinga special occasion or treating the family to a well-deserved splurge, exclusiveDisney World add-ons elevate any vacation. There are more than 70 high-endexperiences available, like theSavor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience at Disney's AnimalKingdom Park, with a private safari and dinner on the park's vast savanna. Booka personal VIPguide for A-list access in the theme parks, or for a peek atbackstage magic. Then take to the waters on a privateyacht for the fireworks show at Epcot.
2. UniversalOrlando's Private VIP Experience
UniversalOrlando Resort invites guests to build their own itinerary,choosing whatever rides they like and how many times to ride them. A privateguide meets guests for early entrance to the park, and provides priorityfront-of-the-line access to all attractions. With all the time saved notwaiting in line, there's room for behind-the-scenes tours, prime seating forshows and plenty of fun trivia about the parks and attractions.
3. SeaWorldOrlando's Dolphin Paradise
Book a private cabana andtake a swim with the dolphins at SeaWorldOrlando's Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive day resort. Thethrill of a deep-water dorsal fin tow on the back of a bottlenose dolphin isthe highlight of the day, but guests also can snorkel with tropical fish, feedtropical birds or just relax beneath the swaying palm trees. Attendance islimited to ensure an extraordinary experience.
4. FineDining and Celebrity Cuisine
Sublime dining is always atthe top of a vacation dream list. Orlando delivers with an expanding restaurantscene spiked with celebrity chefs, including Art Smith of HomecomingFlorida Kitchen, Masaharu Morimoto of MorimotoAsiaand Rick Bayless of FronteraCocina at Disney Springs. They join the ranks of Emeril Lagasseof Emeril'sOrlando at Universal Orlando Resort, Todd English of Todd English'sbluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Kevin Dundon of Raglan Road atDisney Springs. Local chefs are making a mark, too, with James Beard nomineeslike Brandon McGlamery of Lumaon Park and Prato inWinter Park, Kevin Fonzo of KRestaurant in College Park, Kathleen Blake of Rusty Spoon in downtownOrlando and James and Julie Petrakis of Ravenous Pig inWinter Park. Many venues offer private chef's tables, like Highball& Harvest, where chefs dole out five delectablecourses steeped in local fare and a passion for culinary ingenuity. For theheight of luxurious dining, the AAA Five-Diamond Victoria & Albert's atDisney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a real treat, where each day ChefHunnel selects whatever is fresh at the market to create his menus, craftingdishes such as Spanish octopus with Iberico ham and sherry vinaigrette, or apoached local chicken egg with Florida corn and crayfish.
5. Aday in Winter Park
This historic little gem ofa city on Central Florida's pristine chain of lakes features world-class shops,al fresco dining and the world's largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany worksat the Charles Hosmer MorseAmerican Museum of Art. Relax on a private ride with champagneon the old-fashioned WinterPark Scenic Boat Tour that glides past waterfront mansions, and stayat The Alfond Inn, ajewel-box hotel with its own notable art collection.
Orlando's luxury resortsoffer top floor residential-style suites in many award-winning hotels, mostnotably the FourSeasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Disney'sGrand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Ritz-CarltonOrlando. All come with the finest amenities and services, rangingfrom in-room 24/7 butler service to spectacular views of golf courses and themepark fireworks. Golf fans will appreciate the gated Villasof Grand Cypress, with lavish four-bedroom villas directly onthe course.
7. Top Golf
Orlando has some of thefinest courses in the world, and world-class golfers recommend the JackNicklaus-designed championship golf at the GrandCypress Golf Club; Bay HillClub & Lodge, and two courses at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge inWinter Garden - the Panther Lake Course and the Crooked Cat Course. Newer to Orlando is the Tom Fazio designed Tranquilo Golf Club atFour Seasons Orlando.
Escape at an opulent spawith unusual treatments like the Sticks and Stones Massage at The Spa at The Four SeasonsOrlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, using sculptedbasalt stones and birchwood massage sticks. Try the World at Your FeetReflexology at TheSpa at The Orlando World Center Marriott, or the Mokara Spa at in the OmniOrlando Resort at Champions Gate for the Mokara Body Quench,wrapping guests in a warm cocoon. TheRitz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes offers homegrown luxury,with spa treatments using herbs grown in the resort's organic garden, honeyproduced by on-site bees, and citrus fruit plucked from local orchards.
9. PersonalShopper Services
Let a private shopper do thelegwork at upscale Mallat Millennia. Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Macy's alloffer personal shoppers who will assemble a variety of outfits, complete withshoes and accessories, and have them ready in a private fitting room. Plenty ofpampering is part of the experience, from bubbly to shipping services. This isone luxury service that's free - you don't pay for the shopper, just for whatyou purchase.
10. The Dr. Phillips Center for thePerforming Arts
With stages that rival the finest in anycity, book box seating for a special night on the town at this premieredestination for the arts with local, national and international performances, includingBroadway hits, ballet, jazz, orchestra, rock and pop. Just over 2 years old,the vibrant architecture of the The Dr. Phillips Center forthe Performing Arts is an interpretation of the region'sarchitecture and its natural environment.
The Orlando Destination
Hometo seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of theWorldSM is the No. 1 family vacation destination and the mostvisited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of uniqueexperiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary themeparks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks,entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports andnightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options thannearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquelythemed hotels.
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